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T. Scott Brandon,
Port Angeles, Washington,
D. Bruce Brown,
answers: Albert Belle, Brook Jacoby,
Manny Ramirez, Cal Ripken, C.C. Sabathia, Carlos Baerga, Rick Sutcliff
THURSDAY John Robertson from Cambridge, Ontario
submitted this multi-part gem:
Q. The last man to come to bat in the 1969
World Series was a future MLB manager. Similarly, in the 1970 World
Series, the last man to come to bat was another future MLB manager. (In
fact, the last man to bat in the 1970 World Series was pinch hitting for
another future MLB manager!) Name all three men.
answers: Woody Woodward, Frank Robinson,
FRIDAY: Phillip Hertz, North
Bethesda, Maryland, thinks this one will sneak up on us:
Q. Besides old, renovated and new Yankee
Stadium, the Polo Grounds, Ebbets Field, Shea Stadium and CitiField, name the
other venue in the New York City area to host regular season MLB games in the last
Hint: After Jackie Robinson signed with the
Dodgers, his first game was played here.
Hint: This stadium has a strong connection to
- TNFOTO = “Through No
Fault Of Their Own”. Lerian was killed
in a freak traffic accident in his hometown of Baltimore at age 26. He had played for only two years in the
majors, both for the Phillies.
- Cigar Store Indian play was a decoy to make a
runner believe the fielder didn’t have the ball or even much interest in the
play before suddenly producing the ball and tagging the runner out. Used on Sisler
- Do yourself a favor and read Scott’s SABR Bio of Lerian. Scott’s research was so thorough that he is
still close friends with some of Lerian’s relatives’ descendants.
FCR - Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
answers: Bill DeLancey, Moe Berg, Mel
Ott, Frank Place, Elon Chester “Chief” Hogsett, Spud Davis, Willard
Hershberger, Gabby Hartnett
SUNDAY #4 Barrister Phil
Hochberg puts this one before the Horsehide Trivia jury:
Q. What pitcher wore the name of his home
town on the back of his jersey?
Hint: He was the last rookie to log more than 300
innings pitched in his rookie season.
Hint: No pitcher received more MVP votes than he
did that year.
Hint: Braves fans sometimes got him instead of
- As for his being a philanthropist, thus quoth
Wiki: Charity Work
Since 2009, Hample has
been raising money for Pitch in for Baseball, a non-profit charity
that provides baseball and softball equipment to underprivileged children all
over the world. With help
from his fans, who pledge money for every baseball that he snags at Major
League stadiums, and from BIGS
Sunflower Seeds, who sponsored him during the 2013 season,Hample
raised more than $190,000 through the 2016 season. In July 2015, Hample gave
Alex Rodriguez the ball from his 3,000th hit in exchange for the
Yankees donating $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball.”
FCR - Charlie O’Reilly, Rutherford, New Jersey
[Roslyn responded: “Woo hoo! I’m published!”]
answers: Gabby Street, Bill Terry,
George Plimpton, Bob Uecker, Bill Nowlin, D. Bruce Brown,
SUNDAY #11 [Last one]
This rather prolix entry comes to us from Phil Ross in Denver.
BACKGROUND: In a 1970s magazine article, a SABR
member, a then full-time sportswriter, unofficially dubbed a 2,000-mile long
U.S. Highway (not an Interstate, but numbered odd or even to signify
whether its direction was north/south or east/west) as “The Royal Road of the
All-Star First Basemen.” This was because the cross-country highway offered a
lifeline to many small towns in its seven-state path, including the hometowns
of two All-Star first basemen – one AL, the other NL -- whose careers
paralleled each other’s through portions of the ’50s and ’60s.
Q. 1.) What is the still-existing highway
number? 2.) Why is it odd or even? and 3.-4.)
Who were the two late players?
Hint: One batted and threw righty, the other was
southpaw all the way around.
Hint: Each was a college standout in a sport
other than baseball.
Hint: Even though both were selected as All-Stars
– four times and once, respectively – neither achieved the Hall of Fame, and,
despite consistently impressive stats in several categories, their
accomplishments were eclipsed by outfield, infield (in one case) and pitching
teammates who were HOF inductees.
Hint: In his best year, one led his league in BA,
OPS, OBP, Hits and IBB, and belted a career-high 41 HR, yet finished
only fourth in MVP voting, his highest MVP showing in six MVP races. He went
deep 377 times in his 17-year MLB career, all but two seasons with one
Hint: You could easily say that one of the two
players was “like money in the bank.”
which begins in Georgia and runs through AL, MS, LA, TX and NM before reaching
its terminus at Pagosa Springs, CO. It has an even number because it
technically is an east/west route.